It is important for us as Christians to understand baptism, because it is from this point on that heaven and Kingdom break into our world. Baptism is an act of obedience, and whenever we walk in obedience, we walk under an open heaven. It is also an immediate act – it is the end of something and the beginning of something new. When we come up out of the water, the old has passed and we come up in a new life in Christ Jesus. The sin that ruled over our lives get buried when we’re baptized (Romans 6:2-4).
John did the baptism of repentance, but Jesus came to baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire (Matthew 3:11). We’re not baptized into repentance; we’re baptized into Christ, and repentance is in Christ. When we are in Jesus, we receive what Jesus received from God the Father. The moment Jesus was baptized, heaven opened over Him, and the Holy Spirit descended on Him.
Only after Jesus was baptized did He start His ministry. That is because the Holy Spirit is the anointing of God (Luke 4:18). For thirty years, Jesus didn’t do anything until baptism took place and He received the Holy Spirit. In the same way, everything that we must do in the Kingdom of God happens when we recognize we need the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. When we want to be used by God in a mighty way and impact the lives of others, we need the Holy Spirit, the anointing of God.